I have the same problem. Operas should not have pauses between tracks! These are not "songs". How can I use gapless playback? I can't find this option under "settings" and I don't see any menu named "preferences" (I should clarify that my Spotify is in Spanish language). I'm using the Web player on Windows 8.1.
I had the same issue on my desktop, but everything worked fine on my iPhone. So what helped me was setting crossfade to a very tiny value. Go to Preferences and you will see crossfade option with a slide thing (I don't know how it's called). Drag it a little bit, so it's close to 0, but it doesn't show neither 0 nor 1 sec. Expereiment a little bit and that should work.
6 YEARS later and Spotify still are having this issue (on iPhone version)!!! You can’t play an album seamlessly!!! I wish Spotify wouldn’t call it ‘gapless playback’ The toggle should be labelled ‘almost gapless but just enough to ruin a live album’. Plus a series of other annoyances such as 1) a horrible transition from premium to family premium which means I now can’t edit my own playlists and I am given a horrible jumble of characters as user nane; 2) when using shuffle the app adds all tracks to the ‘up next’ list which means it’s quest is to play EVERY track on the album even if you choose another playlist, and the up next list cannot be deleted with a single click instead they have to be removed one by one (rendering shuffle a complete no go for me); 3) lots of other awful UI changesIn the last couple of years (like being unable to skip to a letter in the alphabet to find an album).
I am seriously thinking I am wasting my money with Spotify premium. Especially as they STILL haven’t launched high definition playback yet - I think I’ll switch to Tidal, Amazon or one of the other high quality streaming providers.
Apologies for the rant but I am seriously disappointed by Spotify.